Leading 60s Ferrari restorers to create modern classic-inspired sports car

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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UK-based specialists GTO Engineering have fixed up enough old Ferraris to have a go at making one themselves

GTO Engineering are a UK-based firm of leading 60s Ferrari experts and restorers, and have recently made the ambitious foray into creating its own sports car which faithfully recreates the styling and mechanics of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB.

Dubbed the 250 GT SWB Revival, GTO Engineering’s recreation was based on a genuine Ferrari chassis, either a 330 or 365, with a new hand-formed aluminium body, and a freshly-built new-old V12 – built to 3.0lt, 3.5lt, or 4.0lt displacements.

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Despite an approximate US$1 million pricetag, GTO Engineering’s 250 GT SWB Revival could - on some level - be described as a bargain given the genuine article frequently tops upwards of US$15 million. They were also successful enough to spawn an even more ambitious successor.

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GTO Engineering’s next project is called ‘Moderna’ and, unlike the extensively rebuilt 250 GT SWB Revival, will be a total in-house ground-up construction with a custom tubular-steel chassis, aluminium subframes and carbon-fibre panels.

In line with the name, Moderna will also benefit from modern suspension, brakes and electronics for liveability and reliability.

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An ambitious sub-tonne weight target has been set by the British Ferrari specialists, which should make the new sports car capably fast as they plan to fit the familiar quad-cam V12 under the bonnet.

Mark Lyon, Managing Director at GTO Engineering stated: "We’ve learnt from building the 250 SWB Revival, and working on a range of Ferraris, that a car’s weight and engine are two of the key ingredients to make a good sports car".

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Given the bespoke nature of the car, customers will be able to personalise their vehicle in a variety of ways, from paint and trim to suspension and transmission choices.

Expect GTO Engineering’s Moderna to command a costly premium over the firm’s 250 GT Revival. While these uber-expensive recreations may not make sense to most, it’s an increasingly active market for owners of genuine priceless vehicles which are often deemed too valuable to drive.

Compared to the upwards of $70 million needed for a 250 GTO, it’s a bargain!

 

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